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F-1 students, J-1 students, J-1 scholars and their dependents are required to have valid travel signatures on their I-20 or DS-2019 form when returning to the U.S. to continue their study or employment.
J-1 scholars and J-1 students whose DS-2019 form is not issued by ASU must contact their J-1 Exchange Visitor sponsor in regards to their travel signature.
Length of Travel Signature Validity
F-1 enrolled student and F-2 dependent
Page 2 of I-20
Valid for 12 months from date signed or until the I-20 expiration date, whichever comes first
F-1 Post-completion OPT student and F-2 dependent
Page 2 of I-20
Valid for 6 months from date signed or the EAD card expiration date, whichever comes first
J-1 scholar, J-1 student, and J-2 dependent
Page 1 of DS-2019
Valid for 12 months from date signed or until the DS-2019 expiration date, whichever comes first
Travel Signature Request Method
J-1 degree-seeking student or exchange student through the ASU Student Abroad Office (ASU issued your DS-2019)
J-1 student (ASU did not issue your DS-2019)
Contact your J-1 Program Sponsor to request a travel signature.
J-1 scholar (ASU issued your DS-2019)
Email InternationalScholars@asu.edu at least two weeks prior to your travel to schedule an appointment with an international scholar advisor.
For more information on documents needed for travel, please go to: